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January 24, 2022

Brazil wins Confederations Cup for the fourth time

Brazil defeated Spain 3-0 in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday on the Maracana stadium,  a performance that would have made proud the 1958 campeoes of Garrincha and Pele, ‘The Beautiful Team’ of 1970 and the Zico-headlined thrill machine of ’82, according to fifa.com. This is the fourth title for brazil after those in 1997, 2005 and 2009.
It took just two minutes for Fred to make the Maracana decibel levels comparable to a NASA base on space-shuttle launch with a predator’s goal. Midway through the half David Luiz somehow rocketed his big, burly frame back to make what was, surely, one of the greatest clearances in history (Pedro, whose shot he denied, even jogged up to the Chelsea centre-back at half-time to shower him in praise!). Neymar made it 2-0 on the stroke of the break, his vicious strike into the roof of the net, with his weaker left foot, further vindicating why Barcelona recently paid Eur 57m for him. Fred completed a 3-0 victory two minutes after the restart, though that wasn’t the end of the misery for Spain, for whom Sergio Ramos missed a penalty and Gerard Pique was sent off for bringing down Neymar as he raced through on goal.
Vicente Del Bosque was in no mood for making excuses after watching his Spain side crash.
“Brazil were better than us and we have to congratulate them,” Del Bosque said on Spanish television channel Telecinco.
The Spain boss also thought Fred’s opening goal for Brazil, which came just two minutes into the game, set the tone for the evening and admitted the two other goals, scored by Neymar and Fred either side of half-time, arrived at the worst possible time for his team.
“We had some bad luck at the start of the game, at the end of the first half and at the start of the second, but I don’t want to make any excuses because they were the better team,” he said.
“They had more energy than us and they channelled that into every move they made. There are some days when nothing goes right for you and it was like that from the very first minute,” he said.
Earlier, in the battle for bronze, an Edinson Cavani brace – including a handsome free-kick – proved in vain as Italy beat Uruguay on penalties following a pulsating 2-2 draw. The principal headline-maker was Gianluigi Buffon. On a day in which he played his 133rd international, moving just three behind Azzurri record-holder Fabio Cannavaro, the 35-year-old goalkeeper made three saves in the shootout.

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